Wales' most innovative and influential think tank

Connect: Twitter Facebook LinkedInTel: 01685 350938

Tax for Good

June 12th 2015

The Wales Act 2014 gives the National Assembly for Wales one of its potentially most important powers to date – the ability to introduce new, devolved taxes.


This project, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, developed proposals for new taxes which could change the behaviour of businesses, organisations and individuals, and help to create a fairer, more prosperous and sustainable Wales.  We were specifically interested in taxes which improve corporate accountability for any social, economic or environmental ‘harm’, and which are not regressive in their impact.

‘Tax for Good’ ended in June 2016. See below for the final report and other outputs associated with this project. 


Key Outputs

Publications and articles

Tax for Good: New Taxes for a Better Wales

The final report for the ‘Tax for Good’ project publishes our eight proposals for new devolved taxes, levies and tax credits. The full report and an executive summary are available to download here.

Devolved Taxes: The Context

A working paper that puts the potential for new taxes in the wider context of tax devolution – available here.

Response to Call for Evidence by the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance Wales

Our response to the Commission explains the role that new taxes could play in financing local government in future – read it here.

Response to Consultation on Landfill Disposals Tax

We submitted a response to the Welsh Government’s consultation on the new Landfill Tax – read it here.

Response to Consultation on Land Transaction Tax

We submitted a response to the Welsh Government’s consultation on the new Land Transaction Tax – read it here.

Options for a Welsh Income Tax

Victoria Winckler commented on the Chancellor’s 2016 autumn statement in respect of a Welsh rate of income tax – read it here.


New Taxes for a Better Wales

With keynote presentations by Minister for Finance Jane Hutt AM and David Phillips, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Read the conference report here.

Shaping Policy and Debate

We presented our emerging findings to key stakeholders at:

We also gave evidence to the House of Lords Constitution Committee’s Inquiry into the Union and Devolution on 21st January 2016.
Read our evidence

Our emerging ideas have also featured regularly in the media and in debates in the National Assembly for Wales.

Questions to the Minister for Finance and Government Business
National Assembly for Wales, 16th March 2016

Plaid Cymru Debate: A Sugary Drinks Levy
National Assembly for Wales, 9th December 2015

Wales should raise taxes to ‘change the economy, society and environment’, says think tank.
Walesonline, 6th October 2015

Tax Collection and Management (Wales) Bill: Evidence Session 1
Finance Committee, 17th September 2015

The impact on Wales of devolution elsewhere in the UK has not been considered, warns think tank.
Walesonline 21st August 2015

New Welsh taxes on tourists, fatty foods and fizzy drinks could be on the way, says leading think tank
Walesonline, 12th June 2015



Comments are closed.

In Print

Exchange Magazine »

Exchange Issue 16, Spring 2020

Wales’ best policy and politics magazine! The latest edition of Exchange, Wales’ best policy and politics magazine, provides more insights into the current and important issues in Welsh public life. Exchange is normally available exclusively to subscribers but in the […] »

Events »

Webinar: Closing the digital divide

The Coronavirus outbreak has forced many people to move their lives on line. But it has been tough for people without access to the internet. What can be done to get more people included in the digital world? Date:  15th […] »